Deshler Middle School

September 19, 2022

A Message from Our Assistant Principal

It is hard to believe we are days away from the first day of fall. The year is already slipping away. Middle school is such a transitional phase of life for students. They walk into the middle school as a timid 6th grader and fly out of these doors as an 8th grader excited to begin their last hurdle as a student in Tuscumbia City Schools. As teachers, administration, and support personnel, we have a brief amount of time to motivate and educate our students to be successful and responsible citizens that will lay the groundwork for our future. As our students progress through middle school, we hope to see them advocate for themselves with guidance and take ownership of their learning. When students are intrinsically motivated, the trajectory of their educational path will have no limits to success. Please join us as we encourage students to become independent thinkers and leaders of their own learning.


  • After school tutoring is off to a great start. Please keep in mind that during this time, we have one teacher that supports all grade levels. It is imperative that your student come prepared and aware of what they need support with in order for this time to be helpful. At this time, we are not limiting the amount of students. However, if we see that the time is not beneficial to students, we will have a sign up sheet with a maximum limit.
  • If a student is absent, they must turn in their excuse within 3 days of the missed day. After 3 days, the absence will be marked as unexcused. This is Tuscumbia City Schools Board Policy.

We are grateful for your continued support and feel confident we are well on our way to achieving our goals for the 2022-2023 school year. It is an absolute privilege to serve in this capacity. I remember the words of my own Deshler Middle School principal who referenced DMS as “The Greatest Little Middle School in America”, and I beam with pride daily as we strive to stand by this mantra.

Thank you and Go Tigers!

Anna Beth Thigpen

Assistant Principal

Deshler Middle School


Tuesday, September 20th

Picture Day

Scholars' Bowl Tryouts - Mr. Graham's Room (3:00 p.m.)

Thursday, September 22nd

Title I Meeting - DMS Library (10:00 a.m.)

September 26th - 30th

Homecoming Week

Tuesday, September 27th

Open House (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 28th

Worlds of Work Career Expo - 8th Grade

Thursday, October 27th

Tuscumbia City Schools Fall Festival - Downtown Tuscumbia


Upcoming Games

Monday, September 19th

DMS Volleyball - Quad Match (Dome - 4:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, September 20th

DMS Football - Moulton (Home - 6:00 p.m.)

Thursday, September 22nd

DMS Volleyball - Brooks (Home - 4:00 p.m.)

Saturday, September 24th

Cross Country - Kudzu Hills @ Cold Springs High School (9:00 a.m.)

Monday, September 26th

DMS Football - Haleyville (Away - 5:30 p.m.)

Saturday, October 1st

Cross Country - Jesse Owens, Oakville Indian Mound Park, Moulton (8:30 a.m.)

Monday, October 3rd

DMS Football - Sheffield (Home - 5:30 p.m.)


DMS Football vs Phil Campbell - W

DMS Football vs Colbert Heights - W

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Brooks - L

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Florence - W

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Haleyville- L

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Austin - L

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Brooks- W

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Wilson - L

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Central - W

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Rogers - W

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Florence - L

DMS Volleyball (7th) vs Rogers - W

DMS Volleyball (7th) vs Russellville - W

DMS Volleyball (7th) vs Florence - W

Picture Day - Tuesday, September 20th

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Title I Parent Meetings

Parents may attend the Title I meeting at any of the schools. The same information will be presented in each meeting. If there are questions regarding the meeting, please contact Vicky Moon, Federal Programs, at 256-389-2900 or the principal at your student's school.
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DMS Open House

Please join us for Open House on Tuesday, September 27th from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. We will be releasing your students individual scores from the Spring ACAP. We look forward to seeing you!
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Homecoming Spirit Week

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Worlds of Work Career Expo - 8th Grade

Wednesday, September 28th

The Worlds of Work Career Expo is a fun, educational, interactive, opportunity for students to become familiar with high-demand, high-wage career opportunities. Students will leave DMS at 7:30 am and will return by the end of the school day.
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Tutoring Information

Any DMS student that need tutoring in Math or English is able to attend afterschool tutoring. There is currently no sign up process. Show up after school at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays in the cafeteria with your assignment/topic that you are needing assistance with.
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Teacher Spotlight

AnnaBelle Whitaker - 7th Grade Civics & Geography

Hello, fellow Tigers! My name is AnnaBelle Whitaker. This is my first year at Deshler Middle School as I am teaching 7th grade Civics and Geography! I am a coordinator for the 7th grade Washington D.C. trip, Scholar’s Bowl, and will be assisting the track team at the high school this season. I have been married to my husband, Colton, for 2 years and we currently reside in Florence with our sweet cats. I am so excited to have the opportunity to learn and grow with the students here at DMS! #GoTigers!

Fun Fact: I collect snow globes!

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Perfect Attendance - August 2022

Congratulations to these students! They each had perfect attendance for the month of August and were placed in a drawing for a free dessert from Chick-fil-A. Along with being present each day, these students were also not tardy to homeroom or any class period. Thank you, students, for being present and on time!
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Check It Out!

Student Success in Enrichment!

All hands on deck for student success in our enrichment block. During our enrichment classes, our core teachers are meeting to dig through reports and best practices. While our core teachers are meeting, we have our exploratory teachers covering classes to teach life skills to our students. Thank you, Mr. Willis, for teaching your group how to check the oil!
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IXL Leaderboard Champs!

Trinity - 8th Grade Winner

August - 6th Grade Winner AND School Champion

Zoey - 7th Grade Winner (Not Pictured)

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We love our DMS Library!

Our students are visiting the DMS Library during their ELA class periods. They are enjoying this time to get books that interest them to read. We must say the graphic novels are a BIG HIT!
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Tuscumbia City Schools Fall Festival

Tuscumbia City Schools and the City of Tuscumbia will host a fall festival in downtown on Thursday, October 27th. Please mark your calendar to join us!
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Tuscumbia Education Foundation - Greenery Fundraiser

The Tuscumbia Education Foundation is hosting a Holiday Greenery Fundraiser. These products are truly exceptional and the process is hassle free. TEF will receive 15% of each sale along with 100% of extra donations given at check out.

Lynch Creek Farm Fundraising | PDF to Flipbook

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